Monthly Archives November 2014

This could very well be the oldest image of San Fiurenzu (Saint Florent)

A rare picture, published just last January, which seems to be the oldest photograph of San Fiurenzu (Saint-Florent)  known to this day

                                                                                         Storia di San Fiurenzu (plus vieille image)

One notices immediately that the Strada Nova is not yet built (buildings built in the eighteenth century and are
now at several meters from the sea, but had once upon a time their feet in the water) – however, it will be achieved between 1892 and 1896 to facilitate trade through the port.

But what is most interesting is the presence in this photograph of the defensive system protecting the entrance to the village: “a torra” (right) supporting one of the city gates still operating in the 1860’s and defensive

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The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Bastia + the De Morati-Gentili Chapel in San Fiurenzu

Notre dame de Lourdes (Bastia tempi fà)The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes in Bastia:
Thanks to donations from Count Sébastien Grégori, the building started in 1913 and was inaugurated on December 3rd 1916 by the Bishop of Ajaccio, Augustin Simeone before being consecrated, and the inscription was placed on top of the lateral door on March 4th, 1917. It had been built to become the new port’s district parish church, which was in full expansion at the end of the XIX century.

Affected by the bombings of 1943, the vault and the original stained glass windows were lost, and only the dominating statue of Our Lady of Lourdes remaining intact in the grotto. At the end of the war, it was restored and reopened on June 30th, 1946.

The first parish priest and founder Canon Eugène Leschi, lies in rest in the crypt, behind St...

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‘Vélo Cità’ – functioning and concerns of an active association

a-squadra-velocitaCreated in 2008, this association of around sixty people set out to promote what we could call nowadays ‘conscious and clean travelling’ – ironic in ways when you think about it; the necessity to use the word ‘clean’, carrying us back to former times when the planet could have been called as such. However, we have come a long way since, or have we .. depending on how you visualise your environment and how you consider the scale of your values.

The natural potential of this island calls for outdoor activities; this is undeniable – leading us to what would appear evident, nevertheless, here lies the problem of insufficient infrastructure as regards cycling – thus, the need for associative gatherings and project progression.

Consider the climate here; one can literally count on over 300 sun...
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Recipe: Wild Boar/Chestnut Stew

                                                                                                             Cignale cù e castagne


1.5kg wild boar (boneless)                                                                                   10730871_748250548576905_8953035306130183857_n

1 litre of red wine

1 onion

100g carrots

3 garlic cloves

1 bouquet garni

1dl olive oil (or 100g of lard)

50g flour

6cl eau-de-vie

1kg chestnuts                                                                                                                                         ...

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What’s the particularity of —> Santa Lucia d’Attalà /Sainte-Lucie-de-Tallano

 Village, heart-to-heart: SANTA LUCIA D’ATTALA
Santa Lucia d'Attala Angie
‘Orbicular diorite’, both rare and sought after (also known as ‘Corsite’ or ‘Napoléonite’; unique, due to the presence of orbicules, used to build the Médicis chapel in Florence amongst other things) can be found in this very attractive village, with narrow little streets and pinkish, granite houses. We’re back to the mountains of the Alta Rocca too, and not far from Livia (Levie).
A medieval stronghold to admire behind the church, and if you’re interested in mills, there is an old, charming oil mill one that you can visit, and of course taste the local olive oil in the village, being a major attraction – for an olive fair is held there annually, usually over the month of April ‘festa di l’oliu novu’ – something t...
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